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I have heard that workplace stress is like an industrial injury. Is this true?

There have been a number of cases where employees have successfully pursued a civil case against their employer on the basis that the employer has breached the duty of care.

Some of these cases have been the result of excessive workloads. Stress can also result from working long hours. The Working Time Regulations were brought into effect after the European Union adopted a Directive as a health and safety measure. If the hours exceed the limits laid down in the Working Time Regulations, the safety representative should be informed.

If stress is work-related, the safety representative, relevant trade union official, GP and employer should all be informed. A claim for employment support allowance might also be considered by the Department of Work and Pensions.